The Ninjas in Pyjamas bring with Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen the next Dane into the lineup. Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng thus moves back into the Young Ninjas junior team.
The Ninjas in Pyjamas have signed Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen as a newcomer. As the Swedish organization announced on Wednesday night, the Dane is part of the lineup with immediate effect and will make his first appearance at the BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021. The signing of es3tag moves Linus "LNZ" Holtäng back into the Young Ninjas roster, who had been a stand-in on the main team since June of this year.
Among others, the news site Dexerto had already reported on Tuesday about the upcoming change. Reason for it had been among other things the elimination in the quarterfinals of the PGL Major Stockholm 2021. At least youngster LNZ and NiP had successful performances at the BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2021 and won the IEM Fall 2021 Europe.
Reunion of es3tag and dev1ce
The 25-year-old es3tag was placed on the transfer list by Complexity Gaming along with Justin 'jks' Savage about two weeks ago. The US-based organization is planning to rebuild the CS:GO team. Previously, they had already parted ways with Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke, Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev and Benjamin 'blameF' Vang Bremer.
At NiP, es3tag will face his compatriot and former Astralis teammate Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz, alongside whom he had his most successful time to date, winning ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe - his only major title to date.
NIP gets fine
The newly formed lineup will make its first appearance at the aforementioned BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021, which will take place in Copenhagen from November 24-28. Due to the last-minute change, the organizer has imposed a penalty on the Ninjas: They must start as the lowest seeded team.
For es3tag, the switch to NiP will also be about finally getting some much-needed stability after the Dane last played for a total of three organizations (Astralis, Cloud9 and Complexity) for only a few months each.
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